Journalists rest during a late night negotiating session at an EU summit in Brussels, Monday, July 1, 2019. European Union leaders participated in another marathon session of talks desperately seeking a breakthrough in a diplomatic fight over who should be picked for a half dozen of jobs at the top of EU institutions. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

The Latest: EU summit postponed amid top job deadlock

July 01, 2019 - 3:31 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

European Union leaders have suspended their top jobs summit without result and plan to meet again Tuesday morning to try to break the deadlock.

A spokesman for European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted Monday that Tusk "suspends the meeting and reconvenes #EUCO tomorrow at 11h."

The leaders had been meeting for more than 18 hours to try to name up to five candidates to lead the EU's main institutions for at least the next five years.


10:45 a.m.

A European Union official says leaders are moving closer to filling a handful of the block's key posts.

The official say Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans is in prime position to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission.

The high-ranking diplomat involved in the talks says that the Christian Democrats would have Bulgaria's Kristalina Georgieva follow Donald Tusk as head of the European Council, which coordinates policies of member states and organizes summits.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the 28 leaders had not yet reconvened for the formal summit where they should confirm the jobs.

--By Raf Casert.


10:20 a.m.

European Union officials say leaders pulled an all-nighter at a summit but failed to agree on the list of candidates for the bloc's key posts, with the marathon talks entering a second day.

The leaders trickled in for bilateral contacts through Sunday before officially convening at around 8 p.m. Sunday. They have been locked in talks ever since amid deep divisions over how to best balance political, geographic and gender considerations among the 28 member nations.

With the selection process bogged down for the second EU summit meeting in a row, the leaders were still considering Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans to replace Christian Democrat Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the EU's powerful executive arm, the European Commission.